For those of you affected by the invasive Brown Marmorated Stinkbug…
We’ve created an essential oil complex that stink bugs run from, in an all natural wax base. The idea is to keep them from getting inside. If the cold of winter naturally diminishes their numbers, all the better. I tested all the essential oils that I thought would repel stinkers and if they ran from the test strip, it went into the pot.
We have an old wooden house and brushed it directly onto the painted wood trim and metal parts of openings. The small tin was enough for four regular doors, one large window, and two garage doors. Brush a continuous line along doorways & windows, getting into nooks & crannies. You have to apply it to ALL your openings to get the full effect. The wax is not visible. The bugs decamped immediately and after five days the stinkbugs (and spiders) are still gone. It will obviously have to be re-applied at some point, more frequently to rain-exposed openings.
After the first day, we couldn’t smell it anymore, and although its purpose is a departure from our normal fragrant delights, it smells good anyway!
This is a brand new product, created the last week of September 2017 out of desperation and we will post updates about its success on the site and fb page. I just can’t take another winter of my husband screaming cuss words at them and stashing them in a tupperware container that I have to look at.
UPDATE 2020: There are far fewer bugs around after using the wax. We've given up on killing them. We just tell them they're cute before releasing them outside.